Before moving to the Texas Hill Country area, I knew little about New Braunfels. I knew the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers ran through the community and people tubed on them, I knew a wildlife ranch and caverns were close by and I knew it had a German heritage. Aside, from that, I really had no knowledge as I’d never really visited prior to my move.
I learned quickly this town has a lot more to offer aside from my above-mentioned knowledge, which are all great reasons to visit. I recently returned from exploring downtown New Braunfels. What a treat!
New Braunfels celebrates its rich German history in many ways but my favorite has to be in the incredible murals painted on sides of buildings. The artwork is beautiful. In many cases, the artists also incorporates additional items as part of the canvas ranging from utility boxes to garbage dumpsters. Seeing the history of the community as large as life through the artists’ eyes is truly special.
Culinary options are plentiful near the downtown, particularly bakeries. 2Tarts caught my eye, first for the name, and once I entered the establishment, for the delectable items inside. http://www.2tarts.com.
Naegelin’s Bakery, opened in 1868, states it is the oldest bakery in Texas. The original structure still stands with an addition next door. From pastries and pies to breads and other baked goods, it’s hard to go wrong with any of their tasty choices. http://www.naegelins.com/.
I enjoyed paying a visit to this wonderful German community. You will, too. For more information on New Braunfels, visit http://www.innewbraunfels.com/.
EAT IN THE HEART OF TEXAS
After a couple of hours of mid-morning browsing in shops, I used my smart phone to search for lunch options. One particular restaurant name caught my eye, The Buttermilk Cafe. Being from Texas, I know buttermilk is used in a number of good southern recipes so I figured anybody choosing to include the word in their title, probably knew what they were doing. The cafe is located a couple of miles from downtown New Braunfels.
My husband joined me on my trip. I selected the Broken Yolk Sandwich, which consisted of a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, smoked bacon and cheddar on sourdough. Biting through the runny yolk and having the yellow goodness run down the toasted sourdough, I truly believe Guy Fieri would change his opinion on eggs if he tasted this wonderful creation. My husband enjoyed the special for the day, a Reuben made with house-cured corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese on rye with a homemade dressing. The corned beef was incredibly tender and tasty. We shared an order of sweet potato fries and homemade cafe potato chips. An iced tea on the side made it a perfect lunch.
Since we’d stopped at the bakeries prior to dining, we skipped dessert. Those options looked pretty good, too, especially the Buttermilk Pie, another southern favorite. To learn more about the cafe, visit http://www.thebuttermilkcafe.com.